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Educators urged to promote reading culture

14 March 2014, 08:33Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, has urged teachers in the country to address the poor reading and comprehension competencies of learners in the local educational system.

He nonetheless commended teachers for their immense contributions to nation building and development.

The Minister, who was represented by Bridget Okpa the Director of Educational Planning, Research and Development of the ministry, stated this at a capacity building workshop organised by the Federal Ministry of Education  for “Reading Teachers” in Secondary Schools in Abuja Municipal Area Council.

His representative noted that poor reading and comprehension competencies of learners had greatly contributed to low grades and consequently the seemingly falling standard of education in the country.

He asserted that the falling standards of education in Nigeria had become a topical issue of national dimension.

“It is in recognition of the importance of reading that the Federal Ministry of Education has accorded the “Read Campaign” a central place to chart the course of reading and inculcating reading culture among Nigerians,” said Okpa.

Iyela Mohammed, a representative from the FCT Universal Basic Education Board, commended the Ministry’s efforts towards resuscitating the reading culture among locals.

He added that the growing poor reading habit in the education system had been traced to the prevalence of poor reading foundation at the primary and secondary school levels of the education system.

– CAJ News

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